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The Kanawha County Textbook Controversy

The Miners Walk Out


Events unfolded rapidly during the first week of September. In a show of support for the protesters, 3,500 miners staged an unauthorized wildcat strike. The strike spread rapidly, shutting down numerous mines in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. The miners — well experienced in organized demonstrations — took control of many picket lines and helped escalate the protests to another level.

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